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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:15 PM »
I bought a set on ebay. With a free shipping coupon it was pretty much store price. Not bad.

How do you get a free shipping coupon for Ebay?  ???

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:14 PM »
I've actually seen several articles interviewing people in the toy industry that suggests that retailer margins on toys are more like 30-40% rather than 50%+. And that's only at the big box level. On a recent Smodcast (Kevin Smith's podcast) they talked about running a specialty toy/comic store, and referred to 25% margins. And that's on what gets sold, never mind the items that languish on shelves and end up in bargain bins.

The reason there isn't an amazon for toys (ie toys.com) anymore was that the margins were actually too slim for it to be profitable, even with advanced warehousing and just in time inventory.

Certainly, both Hasbro and Target are strong, profitable companies, and their stocks are both buys at present, so that's a good indicator of who "wins" in these situations.  However, I'd never call something like the BMF Falcon a "risk"....we Star Wars fans are too rabid about our collections to ever let that one slide past...it will sell out within a week and dissapear before showing up again as a re-issue a few years later.


No offense, but I don't buy any of this.  Would love to see the "several articles" stating retailer margins on toys are that low.  If anything, comic book shops take a 25% margin on stuff they buy at other retailers!   ::)

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: EU
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:29 PM »
Who is Amelia?

Are you asking about Amelia Karanthes, the Judicator of Ryloth?  If so, then the answer is: A Smokin' Hottie!  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:23 PM »
This is a little overdue....I'm not sure if anyone here listens to the Official LOST Podcast, but I got around to listening to the final episode (prior to the finale) today.  Anyways, in the Q and A, they get on the subject of whether or not Stormtroopers think they are "bad guys" (in a question relating to the LOST baddies).  They discuss Star Wars for a bit, and its sort of funny.  Anyways, just wanted to pass it along for anyone interested.  Its a pretty good podcast overall to listen to anyways if you enjoy the show.

Linky?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: June 22, 2008, 11:11 PM »


Does anyone else think this scene looks like its about to turn into gay porn?

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You know we're going to get the BAD figures in some kind of Legends/Greatest Hits offer a year or two down the road anyway.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 22, 2008, 10:51 PM »
I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!

Deluxes are the $9.99 Transformers.  That should give you an idea on size.  Good or bad   :-\

The carded ones?  Boo!  Iron Hide Move Version in the box is almost Alternatorish (yes, that's a word), but apparently that's not the size they're going with.   >:(  >:(  >:(

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:53 PM »
My wally world has a whole endcap of them still
Interested in trading/selling them?

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Movie Quotes
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:52 PM »
Mace Windu to Padme in ATOC re: Dooku being her assassin?

Good guess, but no.  It happens later in the chronology than this.   ;)

No other guesses?   :(

Anakin says this to Palpatine in Episode III.

We have a WINNER!  Nice find - I thought this would be more of a stumper.  You're up JG...

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:51 PM »
Transformers Alternity

Apparently that Nissan is Prime/Convoy and this is a new line that is "slightly larger than deluxe figures"  I'm fine with that if they want to start up a new line because Prime looks amazing and apparently I have money to burn, but with that name - you'd think they'd release them in the states, but who knows.

I don't get the size reference - any chance this is same size as Binaltech/Alternators?  Can't seem to find a good picture, but the ones I have seen look Amazing!

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:47 PM »
found these all at walmart today; thing is, I only want the x-wing luke/r2, vaders' imperial protocal droid and maybe the r2 with watto, that's it.

You should pick up the others and trade your spares to those of us who have no chance of finding anything at their own craptastic Wal-Marts.   ;)

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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:46 PM »
Thanks to J-daddy on the Shadow Stormie and Kubie Battle Droid hook up!

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We'll have to see how it pans out, but it sounded like Hasbro was making an effort to put droid parts in figs from similar scenes or grouping by main characters versus secondary ones.  I'm going to get them all, so don't really care.  Think about this though - how pissed would you be if the droid parts were just randomly inserted with each figure?  So you could buy every one of the BAD figures and still not be able to build the droid - or have all of the same droid piece.  :P  Just saying - it could be a lot worse.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:43 PM »
This though also varies greatly depending on what we're talking about...  Put VOTC Han out now, and he's almost pure profit to Hasbro.  Repaint the E3 Jedi Fighter, and the same...  The fixed costs are in, so those items are just gravy. 

That's a really good point.  All depends on how you calc your return on investment.  If they still consider development costs of an older figure as part of the total cost to make a new figure, then ROI wouldn't be that much better.  But to JJ's point, a lot of this is already sunk cost.  In cases like this, they should be making much more profit on re-issues than anything new.  Funny to think that the new TAC stormtrooper was likely less profitable than the reissued shadow stormie.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Hasbro profit question for you guys
« on: June 22, 2008, 12:25 AM »
I actually work in a field where we evaluate return on investment of consumer goods.  Not really toys, but I have picked up some toy knowledge over the years.  Retailer margins on most action figures are around 100% or greater.  Manufacturers most often operate at a similar rate and their products do not differ greatly in terms of profit margin. 

As such, I would estimated that a $7 figure costs Target $3.50 and they make $3.50 per sale.  Likewise, Hasbro probably makes them for $2 or less (including design fees, new molds, production costs, etc.).  If the Falcon is going to sell for $150, Target is probably paying about $75 for it.  That means Hasbro probably incurred about $40 or less in cost to make.

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